Birthplace: Lodi, California
Formerly Stationed: Bodega Bay, CA; Alameda, CA
Currently Stationed: Seattle (US Coast Guard)
Cornelia (Coree) Pelko is on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard, although she continues to suffer from tendonitis as a result of injuries sustained early in her Coast Guard career.
A single mom with a 4½-year-old daughter, Coree has become an avid cyclist over the past few years. She rides her bike to work each day, delivering her daughter to daycare along the way. She even goes to the grocery store by bicycle.
Her divorce started her thinking about all the things in life she wanted to do before she died. Riding her bike across the country was one of them, so she was excited when she learned about World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride.
At first, she didn’t think she would be able to participate, but “things have a way of working out” and she received time off from work and has been able to make the necessary childcare arrangements to allow her to tackle the challenge.
“I think of my daughter when I take on great challenges,” says Coree. “I want to show her that she can do anything if she believes it’s possible.”
She looked forward to her first day of the ride because it was near where Coree was first stationed in Bodega Bay, and she hoped friends from the station will come out to see her. A friend from boot camp met her in Denver. Coree was most excited that her first chief at Bodega Bay, someone who inspired her during her early USCG days and who also introduced her to cycling, came out to ride with her when the tour reached Washington DC.
“I have longed to see our countryside for many years and so being able to check that off my list is a huge reward,” said Coree. “I’m also looking forward to making friends that will last a lifetime. I would love nothing more than to dedicate my ride to David Moulton. I look forward to David joining me later on the road.”